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'Smart People' Asks Hard Questions About Racism In America

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 5:16pm

Smart People is a thought provoking play that examines the difficulties of talking about race. Playwright Lydia R. Diamond discusses the genesis of the play.

#NPRpoetry Tips: Think About What You Know And Take Advantage Of Twitter Constraints

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 5:16pm

New York Times book reviewer and poetry columnist David Orr reviews this week's #NPRpoetry submissions and offers some tips for those looking to contribute.

#NPRpoetry Comes When You 'Write What You Know'

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 5:16pm

With 140 characters, this week's #NPRpoetry submissions came after listeners and Twitter users were invited to write about what they know.

Baby Or Bust: My Time Is Running Out

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 1:00pm

Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering "radical empathy" and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts hear from a woman with a much younger boyfriend. She wants a baby; he doesn't.

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'Upside Of Unrequited' Is A Fresh, Fun, Snarky Spring Fling

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 6:00am

Becky Albertalli's new young adult novel is a snappy romance that'll bring you back to the pain and elation of young love. It follows two sisters trying to balance their relationship with new crushes.

(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)

Outgoing 'New Yorker' Cartoon Editor Says 'Being Funny Is Being Awake'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:24pm

After 20 years as the magazine's cartoon gatekeeper, Bob Mankoff is stepping down. He says humor helps us cope with hardship, get along with one another — and, in general, makes life more enjoyable.

(Image credit: Robert Mankoff/Condé Nast)

Experts Calculate Property Damage Costs Of Being 'Fast And Furious'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:45pm

The newest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise is out Friday, and the stakes are higher than ever. And as the stakes scaled up, so did the damages.

Movie Review: Richard Gere Plays A Scheming New York Fixer In 'Norman'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:45pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a new Richard Gere film for which the title seems to say it all. It's called Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.

An Amazon Adventurer Is Weighed Down By Family Ties In 'Lost City of Z'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:36pm

An English explorer searches for the remains of a supposed rain forest metropolis in James Gray's new film. Critic David Edelstein says The Lost City Of Z will "pull you in and along."

For Christopher Eccleston, Co-Starring On 'The Leftovers' Meant Rethinking His Faith

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:36pm

The British actor plays a reverend in The Leftovers, the HBO series about what happens after 2 percent of the world's population vanishes in a mysterious event. Originally broadcast July 11, 2016.

A Patriotic Finale

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

Philadelphia is where America's Founding Fathers wrote The Constitution, and to celebrate that, we made a final round where every answer contains either the word RED, WHITE or BLUE.

What The Bell?

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

To honor Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, contestants hear audio clues about people and things that have "bell" in the name and ring in to guess what--or who--they're about!

The Final Drow

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

Rev up your reverse word repository! In this game, contestants hear clues to a well-known phrase with the last word reversed, and try to guess what that word is.

Amy Sedaris: Etsy Or Smithsonian?

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

We travel to the Philadelphia area with Amy Sedaris! She talks about finally starting her dream project, a TV show about hosting, and we put her crafting expertise in a game of "Etsy or Smithsonian?"

(Image credit: Mike Katzif/NPR)

Bald Eagles

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

In this game, Jonathan Coulton parodies songs by the Eagles, to be about people who are currently, or were at some point, bald. Contestants identify the bald person he's singing about.

Trip Revisor

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:38am

Contestants guess the names of these fictional hotels from the fake reviews we've created for them.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Diversity In Comics And 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:09am

This week, while we recover from our live show, we bring you a segment from Code Switch about diversity in comics and we revisit our segment on RuPaul's Drag Race.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Set 40 Years In The Past, 'Guerrilla' Speaks Strongly To Today

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:36am

Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley's new series is set in the U.K. during the 1970s, when immigrants of color from former colonies were coming there for work, but finding little opportunity.

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'The Fate Of The Furious' Runs On Diesel Fumes

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

This "bloated and listless" installment of the Furious franchise stays true to the series' "chop-shop aesthetic, in the sense that its flashiest parts are all stolen," says critic Chris Klimek.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

An Adventurer Seeks 'The Lost City Of Z' — And Finds Himself

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00pm

In director James Gray's rapturously realized historical drama, an explorer's obsession with finding a remote Amazonian civilization causes him to question his place in the world.

(Image credit: Aidan Monaghan/Bleeker Street Media)

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